Help the Need for Feed Disaster Relief run
BUTTERFLIES in his stomach, knots and tears welling up in his eyes.
That’s how Adam Meek, the western Victorian co-ordinator of the Need for Feed Disaster Relief, feels every time he drops of a much-needed load of hay for a struggling farmer.
“I think I’ve personally delivered about 80 to 100 loads to farms,” he said.
“Every time I pull up, I’ve still got he same feelings as I did when I did my first load.
“The response from the farmers is the same. It just breaks your heart but it makes you so proud at the same time.”
The next Need for Feed Disaster Relief hay run will be on August 30 and will go right across Victoria and into New South Wales.
Adam, who said he was just a “farmer with a truck that just likes to help people”, joined the cause three years ago and said the response from the community was “overwhelming” and “unbelievable”.
“I think it’s just human nature to help people that are less fortunate than ourselves,” he said.
Adam said they were always looking for trucks to help out with deliveries, but the biggest thing they needed right now was hay.
“Without hay, I can’t send the trucks,” he said.
“I can’t send the trucks anywhere if I’ve got nothing to put on them.”
Find out more about the run at www.needforfeed.org.
Meanwhile, the Australian Heavy Vehicle Repairers Association and the Motor Traders’ Association of NSW donated $15,000 to the Buy a Bale campaign, in support of communities struggling with severe drought conditions.
The contributions will be directed towards buying bales of hay to be transported to affected farmers across the four affected NSW regions of the Hunter, New England, southern NSW and western NSW.
HELPING OUT: One of the Need for Feed Disaster Relief volunteers.